Questions About Criminal Charges?

At Millikan Wright, LLC, we want you to understand the different charges that you could face and the rights you have at this time.
 
 

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St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyers

Have you been arrested for a crime in Missouri?

If you or someone you know is facing criminal allegations in St. Louis, we strongly advise you to secure our representation immediately. Do not wait for your charges to blow over and do not assume that your arrest will result in an automatic conviction. Securing the right legal assistance may make all of the difference in the outcome of your criminal matter and help you see a brighter future.

At Millikan Wright, LLC , your interests will be fully represented without compromise. When you secure our representation, you will receive exceptional and personalized attention and honest guidance every step of the way. Whether you are being charged for a misdemeanor or felony , you can be confident in our zealous advocacy.

St. Louis criminal cases we handle include:
 
When you need dedicated legal defense, no case is too big or too small. Retain trusted St. Louis criminal defense by contacting the attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC and take the first step in your important legal defense.

Why You Should Choose Millikan Wright, LLC

We boast in the talented attorneys and legal professionals at our firm who have been defending the rights of the accused for more than 50 years combined. Our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys are well positioned to efficiently handle your needs and achieve your goals next. After being arrested for a crime, it is common to face many questions and concerns. It is imperative that you do not act on your anxiety, fear and emotions.

We can build your personalized and creative defense strategy after we complete the following steps:
  • Perform a complete and thorough investigation of your case
  • Review records of the incident and surveillance cameras
  • Interview all parties involved in the criminal matter
  • Collect witnesses who are willing and prepared to testify in your favor

Take the proper steps towards the retention of our firm. Upon securing our representation, a legal professional can review your case and offer you honest and realistic guidance. We will fully educate you about the laws concerning your criminal offense and inform you of your rights and legal options so that you can enter the courtroom with realistic expectations. Do not risk having your rights taken advantage of by facing the legal system alone. Work with our firm and make informed decisions along the way.

Contact Missouri Criminal Defense Attorneys & Work to Avoid Strict Penalties

If convicted, the penalties that you may face will be life altering and severe. Your permanent criminal record will impact your ability to receive loans, apply for housing and enroll in educational programs. Above all else, the public stain on your record will make it difficult and nearly impossible to secure employment. Do not limit your future opportunities. From traffic violations to possession of illegal drugs - we are qualified to handle your case regardless of the circumstances.
 
Contact our firm to find out how we can help you. We are prepared to offer you the efficient advocacy you need during this time. Do not hesitate to schedule your free case evaluation today!
 

St. Louis Defense Attorneys

Do you have a bench warrant in Missouri?

A bench warrant in St. Louis is different from a regular arrest warrant. With a regular warrant, which is issued when a law enforcement agency believes an individual has been involved in a crime, the accused can be allowed to pay bail and get out of jail after the initial indictment hearing. With a bench warrant, the court can deem the individual a flight risk and keep him in jail until after the matter is settled.

Need more information about how a bench warrant may affect you?
Our dedicated criminal defense lawyers can help explain more. Call today!

How might I receive a bench warrant?

Issued by judges or magistrates, bench warrants are normally issued for persons considered to be in contempt of court, such as for failure to appear for a mandated court appearance. Due to the non-emergency nature of a bench warrant, it is low on the priority list of busy law enforcement offices. This means that it is unlikely that law enforcement will make a specific effort to locate and arrest you. However, if you are pulled over for speeding, or stopped for any other violation, your bench warrant will be flagged, and you will likely be arrested.
 
Other situations that may cause a bench warrant to be issued against you:
  • Failure to attend a court-mandated DUI class
  • Falling behind on child support
  • Failure to pay a court fine
  • Ignoring a subpoena to appear in court
  • Ignoring a subpoena to produce financial records
In short, a bench warrant in St. Louis can be issued for civil and criminal cases, juvenile, divorce and custody cases, misdemeanors, felony, probate and small claims court, and even for debt-collection actions.

Before a bench warrant is issued, the judge has to first verify that the accused was notified, in writing, of the pending court date, or the need to comply with a specific request of the court. Individuals arrested on a bench warrant are afforded the same rights as any other person arrested under other conditions. The bench warrant will be given to the individual at the time of his arrest. Violations of these rights can make the bench warrant unlawful or inadmissible in court.

After a person has been arrested on a bench warrant, he is brought before the judge issuing the warrant as soon as possible. Should the issuing judge be unavailable, the bench warrant will stipulate the conditions for release and/or a bail amount.

Get Help From Millikan Wright, LLC - Call (314) 621-0622

As former police officers and a former prosecuting attorney, we know potential pitfalls in the investigative process. As criminal defense attorneys, we know how to afford you protection under the law. Our education and experience make a difference.
 
Contact us online or call (314) 621-0622 for a FREE consultation to learn how the law applies to receiving a bench warrant in St. Louis and how Millikan Wright, LLC can help you.
 

St. Louis Drug Defense Lawyers

Aggressively Fighting Drug Crime Charges in Missouri

No matter the nature of your drug crime, you should seek out the help of our experienced attorneys in order to protect your individual rights. Missouri does not take drug crimes lightly, and law enforcement will do everything in their power to secure a guilty charge for you. When you are arrested, law enforcement officers must inform you of your constitutional rights, but they do not explain them to you.

At Millikan Wright, LLC we can explain your rights to you and how we will dedicate our efforts to protect them. We want you to understand the circumstances concerning your case, and we can inform you of your legal options every step of the way. With over 50 years of combined legal experience, you can be confident that our drug crime defense attorneys can offer your case the care and exception it deserves.

We handle all types of drug cases in St. Louis, including those that involve:
 
Have you or a loved one been arrested in connection with a drug crime in St. Louis. Our criminal defense attorneys can fight for you. Schedule a free case evaluation right away.

How the Uniform Controlled Substances Act Affects You

Regardless of the quantity of drugs you are accused of being in possession of, drug charges can have a permanent consequence on your record. Some drugs will carrier harsher penalties than others based upon their classification under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
 
The Uniform Controlled Substances Act sorts drugs according to their accepted medical use and their potential for abuse. Depending on where the drug falls in this classification, the difference in the penalties that you may be facing:

  • Schedule I: High potential for abuse with no accepted medical use.
  • Schedule II: High potential for abuse with restricted medical use.
  • Schedule III: Potential for low physical and high psychological dependence with accepted medical use.
  • Schedule IV: Light potential for abuse with accepted medical use.
Drugs such as heroin are considered a Schedule I substance while painkillers that are prescribed by a medical professional may be a Schedule IV substance.

Understanding Drug Distribution Charges

If enough evidence has been gathered to link you to the distribution or selling of illegal drugs, you could be facing serious charges with big consequences. The prosecutor of your case has the task of using the evidence in your case to link you to such activities. If convicted, the consequences of a distribution charge, or of any other drug crime, can have lifelong repercussions that could prevent you from obtaining future employment, loans or educational opportunities.

Evidence that can be used to link your drug crime charge to distribution can include:
  • Large amount of drugs and/or cash
  • Evidence of scales or baggies
  • Specific location of your arrest
  • Testimonies of drug trade experts

Have you been charged with drug possession?

When facing drug possession charges, our experienced St. Louis criminal defense attorneys can help you understand everything including the consequences, your rights, and how we can fight for you. We examine each case, paying special attention to all of the details. We also look at every angle carefully to build you the strongest case.

In Missouri, possession is taken very seriously. A possession charge can pertain to multiple controlled substances including marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription drugs. In St. Louis, there may be ways to lessen the penalties of a marijuana possession charge if it was fewer than 35 grams.
 
For help with any drug-related crimes, contact our St. Louis criminal defense lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC to request a free consultation.
Payment plans are available for individuals who qualify.

Missouri Drug Possession Attorney

Our criminal defense lawyers take a unique approach to every case and examine the facts of the case being built against you. As a former police officer and assistant county prosecutor, defense attorney Brian Millikan has a unique advantage in finding problems with the prosecution's drug possession case against you.

Have you been arrested for possession of an illegal substance?

As some states have taken actions to reduce the potential penalties for people accused of some drug crimes, the war on drugs in America is still inflamed. There are many state and federal statutes and regulations governing the possession and distribution of illegal substances. If you have been charged with possession of marijuana or another illegal substance, our St. Louis drug possession lawyers can help you understand the charges and potential consequences you are facing if convicted of drug possession.
 
Schedule a free case consultation and get started on your defense!

Why do I need to retain a lawyer for a drug charge?

You can be charged with a drug possession crime when law enforcement claims that you knowingly had control and ownership over a substance restricted under state or federal law. Missouri classifies controlled substances based on their potential for abuse and addiction, and whether or not there is an accepted medical usage for their effects. The attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC are familiar with the local laws in St. Louis and how these may affect the outcome of your case.
 
Being convicted of possession carries lasting consequences, including:
  • $5,000 fine or more
  • 7 years or more in jail
  • Probation
  • Loss of driver’s license
  • Loss of professional licenses
  • Ineligibility to apply for federal loans
Depending on the severity of the alleged crime and whether you have additional criminal convictions or drug charges on your record, the sentencing imposed may be different. When your life and future are at stake, you cannot afford to take any chances! Let our aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorneys go to work for you!

Why is Millikan Wright, LLC the right choice for me?

Our criminal defense lawyers take a unique approach to every case and examine the facts of the case being built against you. As a former police officer and assistant county prosecutor, defense attorney Brian Millikan has a unique advantage in finding problems with the prosecution's drug possession case against you.
 
Our team at Millikan Wright, LLC will evaluate:
  • The facts of your case
  • The circumstances of your arrest
  • If the police violated the Fourth Amendment
  • If reasonable suspicion existed
  • If a warrant was supported by probable cause
  • Other violations related to seizure of evidence
Any drug-related crime must be taken seriously and handled by a top attorney that is able to devote the proper amount of attention that this particular charge may need. While Millikan Wright, LLC is unable to promise a particular outcome when you have been accused of a drug crime, we can promise that our drug crimes defense lawyers will stop at nothing to get you the representation that you deserve.

Our award-winning drug possession defense lawyers have experience as former police officers and criminal prosecutors, ensuring that Millikan Wright, LLC has an advantage in defending your case. Contact us now to learn how we can put our skills at work for you!

St. Louis Marijuana Defense Lawyer

Call us if you are facing marijuana-related charges!

While states across the country are reconsidering their marijuana laws, legalizing this substance for legal and even recreational usage, Missouri still has strict rules regarding the sale, possession, use, distribution, and trafficking of marijuana in the state. Even the possession of marijuana paraphernalia can find you facing criminal charges. Regardless of the charges you may be facing, you need to act quickly to prevent these charges from leaving a permanent mark on your permanent record.

At Millikan Wright, LLC, we do not want you to face any of the charges you may be accused of. Our experienced team of criminal defense attorneys have over 50 years of combined legal experience and are here to fight for you when you need it most.
 
Contact the criminal defense lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC for a free consultation.

What are the penalties associated with marijuana?

Being charged with a marijuana crime in Missouri carries serious consequences and can differ depending on the amount of marijuana, your previous criminal record, and other factors in the case. In many instances, a first-time offense with a small amount of marijuana can carry probation, drug education classes, and other penalties imposed by the court.
 
Under Missouri law:
  • Less than 35 grams of marijuana can find you facing 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine, or
  • Over 35 grams can leave you looking at 7 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
In addition to criminal charges you may be facing, you may also find yourself losing career opportunities, driving privileges, or the opportunity to attend college due to ineligibility for student loans.

What are the penalties associated with marijuana?

In 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed allowed State Bill 491 to become law, allowing Missouri to join 18 other states that have eliminated automatic jail time for the possession of marijuana. This prevents people caught with less than 10 grams from facing jail time, reduces overall sentences related to the sale and cultivation of marijuana, and allows the possibility for probation or parole for those with third felony marijuana offenses. This law is set to take place in January 2017, leaving the possibility for anyone arrested for marijuana until that time open to legal penalties.

Our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys know that there is too much riding on an accusation of marijuana possession, use, trafficking, distribution, or sale to take lightly. Using innovative and reliable methods for your defense, our firm can examine multiple sides to your case, showing that the officers involved in your arrest used illegal or improper methods or even reducing your charges to an offense that will not permanently affect your record.
 
Interested in working with the St. Louis criminal attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC? Contact our firm to start.

St. Louis Drug Possession Attorney

Protect Your Freedoms With Millikan Wright, LLC

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2007 there were over 1.5 million arrests for drug possession, and over 300,000 for the sale and/or manufacture of drugs. Based on these numbers, you can see the importance placed on drug arrests by the law. There is usually a tension between the American War on Drugs and the legalization and decriminalization of many controlled substances nationwide. While Missouri has taken steps to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession, larger amounts of this or any amount of other illegal drugs can find you facing criminal charges.

Have you or a loved one been accused of drug possession with intent to distribute? Drug charges last a long time on your record and can have a drastic effect outside of the criminal charges, jail time, and fines you may be facing.
 
At Millikan Wright, LLC, our dedicated drug crime defense attorneys have over 50 years combined experiencing fighting against accusations just like yours. Give us a call to get started!

How can you prove intent to distribute?

A possession with intent to distribute charge asserts that there is enough evidence found to link you to the distribution or sale of drugs. Also different from a "simple" possession charge, a possession with intent to distribute charge is considered a serious crime and comes with significant prison time, and the possible forfeiture of your home, car, and finances. With a charge of this nature, it is the burden of the prosecutor to prove based on the available evidence that your intent was to distribute. Therefore the prosecution's case hinges solely on the strength of the available evidence.
 
Some of the evidence indicating intent to distribute includes:
  • A large quantity of drugs and/or cash
  • Baggies or scales
Other than the physical evidence mentioned above, some of the other things the prosecutor may use for his/her case include the location in which the arrest occurred. Could the area where the arrest occurred be considered one frequented by those looking to sell or purchase drugs? The prosecution may also use the testimony of experts in the drug trade who can testify to whether the accused was behaving in a manner consistent with someone who intends to distribute.

Get Immediate Help From St. Louis Drug Crime Lawyers

There are many ways to defend a charge of this nature. One of the most common defenses deals with the search of the accused, and the seizure of drugs and drug distribution paraphernalia. If it can be proven that the police conducted an unlawful search or unlawful seizure of your property, it is possible to have these charges dismissed.

Our drug crimes lawyers will vigorously and aggressively defend you against the prosecution's drug charges. Our experience as former St. Louis City police officers and a former assistant prosecuting attorney in St. Louis County, Missouri provides us with a unique advantage in defending our client, including being able to anticipate the moves of the prosecution in your case.
 
Contact us to schedule a FREE consultation to learn about your defense options and to find out how our St. Louis criminal defense lawyers can fight for you!

Prescription Drug Defense in St. Louis

Have you been arrested for a prescription drug crime?

If you have been arrested for a prescription drug offense, it is important that you speak with an experienced drug defense lawyer as soon as possible. The criminal defense lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC will aggressively defend you against prescription drug charges, such as:
  • Percodan
  • Percocet
  • OxyContin
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
Possession of a controlled substance, such as prescription drugs, is a Class C felony in Missouri. If you cannot show a valid prescription for the drug you possessed, or are accused of possessing a forged prescription, a conviction carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison. Possession of large quantities of prescription drugs is considered trafficking, and may result in up to 7 years in prison.

Get Help for Prescription Fraud Charges in Missouri

Contact Millikan Wright, LLC to request a FREE consultation with our experienced St. Louis criminal defense attorneys. We can evaluate the circumstances of your case to build a detailed defense plan, and our team will aggressively protect your legal rights. Don't wait to talk to a proven law firm about your options to fight prescription drug charges in Missouri!
 

St. Louis DUI & DWI Defense Lawyers

Experienced Representation You Can Trust

Have you been arrested under the suspicion of DUI or DWI? If you are facing accusations for this criminal allegation, it is imperative that you do not face the legal system alone. Without the supportive assistance and legal solutions of our experienced DUI defense attorneys, you are putting your rights and freedoms on the line.

A DUI or DWI is not taken lightly under the law, but there are numerous defenses to many of the allegations against you that fighting against these charges is worthwhile. We understand what is at stake and strongly advise you to secure our representation immediately. At Millikan Wright, LLC we believe that you are innocent until proven guilty and can fight tirelessly on your behalf. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our staff knows how to protect the rights of the accused in DWI and DUI cases. Upon securing the representation of our firm, we can work determine if any unlawful actions took place during your arrest. If this is the case, our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys can work to have your sentence reduced or charges dropped completely.
 
Schedule your free case evaluation with our team!

Penalties Associated With A Missouri DWI

A DUI/DWI conviction is aimed at stripping you of the privilege to drive and your basic rights. In Missouri, it is not always feasible to exist without a vehicle, and can place you at a significant disadvantage when you need to get to work, pick up your children, or perform your basic every day duties. Unfortunately, the cards are set to be stacked against you at every turn. Even before you have been formally convicted, the Department of Motor Vehicles takes steps to suspend your license, simply for being arrested.
 
Depending on the circumstances and jurisdiction in which your offense took place, additional DWI penalties may include:
  • Heavy fines
  • Jail sentence
  • License suspension
  • Alcohol treatment program
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device
After being arrested it is common to have many questions and concerns about your rights and freedoms. When you choose to work with our firm, we will leave no question unanswered and no concern unaddressed in order to give you the peace of mind that you deserve. With our personalized attention and exceptional representation by your side, you may have a better chance of winning in court. Make the smart choice: Retain our representation!

Find Out How Millikan Wright, LLC Can Help you!

It is imperative that you understand that you are protected by the U.S. Constitution and other state laws. Take advantage of your right to an attorney and a fair trial. When you retain our representation, our guidance can help you to make informed decisions throughout the legal process of your DWI case. Our St. Louis lawyers have the experience and expertise needed to work towards a favorable outcome in your drunken driving arrest. From commercial driving and boating while intoxicated to DWI child endangerment, no case is too big or too small for us to handle.
 
Begin building your defense today by contacting Millikan Wright, LLC . We offer each prospective client a free case evaluation. Serving Missouri and Illinois, we proudly represent the entire St. Louis area.
 

St. Louis Breath & Blood Tests

Should I Refuse A Breath or Blood BAC Test?

A Missouri DWI conviction requires the State to prove the defendant was operating a motor vehicle and was intoxicated above the State legal limit at the time. Evidence collected in a DWI case can include:
  1. Police Officer Observations
  2. Defendant Statements
  3. Field Sobriety Test
  4. Portable/Preliminary Breath Test (PBT)
  5. BAC Results

As you can see, most of the "evidence" used in a DWI case is very subjective and open to many interpretations. Only blood alcohol content (BAC) test results provide some form of objective evidence and even this has many potential problems. Without a test to secure BAC results, the prosecution will have a weak case against you. This weakness will be the focus of an experienced DWI lawyer to dismiss the drunk driving case.

How will police check my BAC?

A growing trend with police departments is the use of a portable breath test, sometimes called a preliminary breath test or PBT Test. The PBT is a small handheld device used to help the officer determine if the possible intoxication level of a driver is over the legal limit. This device is gaining popularity because many police officers have arrested a person suspected of drunk driving only to later find out that the driver´s blood alcohol content does not exceed the state legal limit. This demonstrates the bias some police officers bring into the equation when evaluating driver behavior, conversations with the driver and field sobriety tests.

However, these portable breath tests are not admissible in court and can only be used to help establish probable cause. This is because the units are highly susceptible to error and damage in the field. Since these units are small and portable, they are often not calibrated or maintained properly.

Refusing a Breathalyzer Test

The only BAC test that you must submit to is the one that occurs after you have been arrested. Refusing to submit to a BAC test, through either a Breathalyzer, urine or blood test, is grounds for serious legal consequences. Should you refuse, a law enforcement official will seek a warrant from a judge to have blood drawn to test your alcohol levels and your driver’s license will be immediately revoked.
 
In refusal cases:
  • A first offense can carry a heavy penalty, including driver’s license suspension for a year and a substance abuse course.
  • A second offense refusal can include 10 days or more in jail, in addition to your license suspension, and the required substance abuse classes.
These are allegations that could cause irreparable damage to your record and affect your ability to secure a job. By refusing, you will automatically be arrested. However, without a BAC result, the prosecution’s case will be weak and our attorneys can focus on receiving a dismissal for your case rather than a conviction.

Let Our St. Louis Team of Attorneys Fight For You

The State of Missouri has an Implied Consent law. Under Implied Consent, if a driver refuses to submit to a BAC test (usually blood or breath), the driver´s license is supposed to be revoked for 1 year. However, in many jurisdictions in the St. Louis area, an experienced DWI attorney can save a first time offender from losing his or her license in connection with a refusal case. While many police officers know this, they will use this law to scare people into submitting to the BAC test because the police know the BAC test result will be the strongest part of their case.

However, with the assistance of Millikan Wright, LLC attorneys, we can help to combat the charges should you refuse to take the Breathalyzer test and fight for you to be able to maintain your driving privileges and freedom. There are numerous instances where refusal to take a Breathalyzer test can in fact help your case. Our DWI attorneys will represent you and use their years of experience combating DWI refusal charges to help minimize your penalties or have your case dropped completely.
 
If you have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in the City of St. Louis and refused to take a Breathalyzer test contact the attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC for a free consultation.
 

St. Louis Breath & Blood Tests

Our Skilled St. Louis BWI Defense Attorneys Can Help!

Each state has specific rules regarding the legality of drinking while boating. In the state of Missouri, you are legally allowed to drink alcohol while on board a boat or water vessel. However, if you are found to be drinking while operating a watercraft or motorized vessel including a jet ski or a sailboat, you can be charged with boating while intoxicated (BWI) with the consequences being similar to a DWI charge. In fact, someone that is operating a boat must abide by the same standards. If their blood alcohol content is found to be above .08%, the boat operation may be charged with BWI.
 
The experienced DWI lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC are experienced in defending those charged with BWI and are prepared to strategically defend you against the charges and seek a full acquittal. Get started by contacting our St. Louis attorneys for a free initial case consultation !

What are the penalties for BWI in Missouri?

Have you been stopped by water patrol while operating a motorboat, sailboat, or Jet Ski on one of Missouri’s great lakes and rivers? You may be facing some criminal penalties that can remain on your record for the rest of your life.

If you have been charged with DWI, you may be facing:
  • Class B misdemeanor, meaning you can be issued a $500 fine, face possible jail time and required to take a boater safety course.
  • Second offense of BWI, is considered a Class A misdemeanor in St. Louis and could result in $1,000 fine and possible up to one year in prison.
  • Third BWI, the charge escalates to a Class D felony, with the punishment including a possible $5,000 fine and up to four years served in prison.
Similar to a DWI charge, you could also face the loss of your driver’s license in addition to possible probation and community service. With consequences as severe as being charged with boating while intoxicated, it is crucial you contact the DWI experts at Millikan Wright, LLC who can establish the best possible defense to fight your charges. By analyzing the evidence presented in your case, including the police report and testimonies as well as the BAC test, our attorneys will determine if the sobriety test was administered properly in addition to whether the water patrol had probable cause for pulling your boat over.

Why do I need a St. Louis DWI Lawyer?

By analyzing the evidence presented in your case, including the police report and testimonies as well as the BAC test, our attorneys will determine if the sobriety test was administered properly in addition to whether the water patrol had probable cause for pulling your boat over. Defending against a BWI and a DWI means that different skills must be used, and you need to know that your defense lawyer is able to fight aggressively on your behalf.

Our lawyers have a background as former police officers and prosecutors, meaning that we know the myriad of ways that police officers can try and prove your guilt. From asking you to perform a field sobriety tests on a rocking boat to improperly calibrating a breathalyzer, our firm leaves no piece of evidence unchallenged. With over 50 years of combined experience, you know that we have the skills to back our findings.
 
Have you been arrested for boating while intoxicated? Get aggressive BWI representation from the St. Louis team at Millikan Wright, LLC!
 

Commercial Drivers & DWI Defense

Did you get a DWI with a CDL?

If you are in possession of commercial driver's license, the rules of the road are quite different for you. Since Congress passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act back in 1986, states have been required to adopt federally mandated testing and licensing standards and enforce penalties on CDL holders for traffic violations that may not even occur within a commercial vehicle. So what does this mean exactly? A holder of a commercial driver's license (CDL) has more at stake for certain types of criminal convictions. In many cases, a holder of a CDL could lose the license and his/her source of income as the result of a conviction regardless of the type of vehicle used when committing the offense. Many people do not realize their commercial driver's license is at risk even if they committed a crime in a noncommercial vehicle.
 
If you are a CDL holder and have been accused of driving while intoxicated, you must act quickly! Get help from a St. Louis DWI lawyer immediately.

How can a DWI affect my CDL?

If you possess a commercial driver's license, the law can have harsh penalties if you are convicted of certain criminal offenses even though the offense occurred while driving a noncommercial vehicle. Under federal law, holders of commercial driver's licenses can be disqualified for specific offenses committed while operating a noncommercial vehicle.
 
These offenses include:
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance (DWI in Missouri, DUI in Illinois).
  • Leaving the scene of an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle operated by the person.
  • Using a commercial motor vehicle to commit a felony, other than felonies involving manufacture, dispensing, or distribution of controlled substances.
If you are a CDL holder and receive a ticket for a DWI/DUI in your own personal noncommercial vehicle, the rules you will receive are much harsher for someone who just possess a noncommercial driver's license. For more information, check out our blog post that talks about how a DWI effects a CDL holder's noncommercial license.

With so much at stake, it is important that a driver with a commercial driver’s license take all of the necessary steps to protect their rights and driving privileges when they have been accused of driving while intoxicated. A St. Louis DWI lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure that you don’t lose your job due to this accusation!

CDL Penalty for DWI Conviction

A first time conviction of these criminal offenses will result in the disqualification of a commercial driver's license for a period of no less than one (1) year. If any of these offenses occur while the driver is transporting hazardous material in certain quantities, the disqualification period is three (3) years.

In some instances, a person who loses his/her general driving privileges may apply for the issuance of a limited driving privilege (LDP), also commonly known as a "hardship" license. This limited driving privilege would allow a person to legally drive a noncommercial vehicle under very specific circumstances.

However, Missouri law prohibits the issuance of a limited driving privilege (LDP) to a person whose commercial driving privileges are disqualified. A commercial driver's license (CDL) holder whose general driving privileges have been suspended or revoked for actions occurring in a noncommercial vehicle may apply for a limited privilege to operate only a commercial vehicle.

There are specific conditions that allow a state to refuse to issue a probationary license to a CDL holder, which would permit the driver to operate a commercial vehicle. Our lawyers have years of experience in criminal and traffic law. We can help you apply for the issuance of a limited driving privilege for your CDL privileges and protect your source of income.

If you or a loved one has been charged with any of the offenses described above, it is imperative that you seek representation from an experienced DWI defense attorney. The law has harsh penalties for CDL holders who commit specific criminal offenses!

Millikan Wright, LLC Protects You When Your License is at Stake

Those with a commercial driver’s license usually make their living by driving. When their ability to drive is threatened by a DWI conviction, it puts their livelihood and ability to support themselves and their families at stake. No one should have to worry about how an arrest will change their lives, and when you work with the St. Louis DWI attorneys on our team, you can be assured we are aggressively fighting for your rights.
 
Speak with a former police officer or prosecutor on our team to learn more about how we can help.
 

Commercial Drivers & DWI Defense

Did you get a DWI with a CDL?

If you are in possession of commercial driver's license, the rules of the road are quite different for you. Since Congress passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act back in 1986, states have been required to adopt federally mandated testing and licensing standards and enforce penalties on CDL holders for traffic violations that may not even occur within a commercial vehicle. So what does this mean exactly? A holder of a commercial driver's license (CDL) has more at stake for certain types of criminal convictions. In many cases, a holder of a CDL could lose the license and his/her source of income as the result of a conviction regardless of the type of vehicle used when committing the offense. Many people do not realize their commercial driver's license is at risk even if they committed a crime in a noncommercial vehicle.
 
If you are a CDL holder and have been accused of driving while intoxicated, you must act quickly! Get help from a St. Louis DWI lawyer immediately.

Did you get a DWI with a CDL?

If you possess a commercial driver's license, the law can have harsh penalties if you are convicted of certain criminal offenses even though the offense occurred while driving a noncommercial vehicle. Under federal law, holders of commercial driver's licenses can be disqualified for specific offenses committed while operating a noncommercial vehicle.
 
These offenses include:
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance (DWI in Missouri, DUI in Illinois).
  • Leaving the scene of an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle operated by the person.
  • Using a commercial motor vehicle to commit a felony, other than felonies involving manufacture, dispensing, or distribution of controlled substances.
If you are a CDL holder and receive a ticket for a DWI/DUI in your own personal noncommercial vehicle, the rules you will receive are much harsher for someone who just possess a noncommercial driver's license. For more information, check out our blog post that talks about how a DWI effects a CDL holder's noncommercial license.
With so much at stake, it is important that a driver with a commercial driver’s license take all of the necessary steps to protect their rights and driving privileges when they have been accused of driving while intoxicated. A St. Louis DWI lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure that you don’t lose your job due to this accusation!

CDL Penalty for DWI Conviction

A first time conviction of these criminal offenses will result in the disqualification of a commercial driver's license for a period of no less than one (1) year. If any of these offenses occur while the driver is transporting hazardous material in certain quantities, the disqualification period is three (3) years.

In some instances, a person who loses his/her general driving privileges may apply for the issuance of a limited driving privilege (LDP), also commonly known as a "hardship" license. This limited driving privilege would allow a person to legally drive a noncommercial vehicle under very specific circumstances.

However, Missouri law prohibits the issuance of a limited driving privilege (LDP) to a person whose commercial driving privileges are disqualified. A commercial driver's license (CDL) holder whose general driving privileges have been suspended or revoked for actions occurring in a noncommercial vehicle may apply for a limited privilege to operate only a commercial vehicle.

There are specific conditions that allow a state to refuse to issue a probationary license to a CDL holder, which would permit the driver to operate a commercial vehicle. Our lawyers have years of experience in criminal and traffic law. We can help you apply for the issuance of a limited driving privilege for your CDL privileges and protect your source of income.

If you or a loved one has been charged with any of the offenses described above, it is imperative that you seek representation from an experienced DWI defense attorney. The law has harsh penalties for CDL holders who commit specific criminal offenses!

Millikan Wright, LLC Protects You When Your License is at Stake

Those with a commercial driver’s license usually make their living by driving. When their ability to drive is threatened by a DWI conviction, it puts their livelihood and ability to support themselves and their families at stake. No one should have to worry about how an arrest will change their lives, and when you work with the St. Louis DWI attorneys on our team, you can be assured we are aggressively fighting for your rights.
 
Speak with a former police officer or prosecutor on our team to learn more about how we can help.
 

Driving Without A Commercial Driver's License

Skilled St. Louis Criminal Defense For Any Case

The charge of a Class A misdemeanor can occur should you be pulled over without the proper commercial driver’s license or CDL classification for the vehicle you are operating. To avoid this charge, as well as the suspension of your license and potential loss of your employment, it is best to learn about the Missouri State laws on operating a commercial vehicle and attaining the proper licensing. However, if you have already been pulled over and charged for driving without a commercial license, our experienced lawyers can help.
 
With the assistance of a former police officer and a former prosecuting attorney, the lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC have over 50 years of combined experience assisting clients across Missouri driving without a commercial driver’s license. We can help you. Get your free case evaluation now.

Do I Need a CDL?

Commercial driver’s licenses are required for those needing special skills and knowledge to operate a certain kind of motor vehicle. Since these vehicles differ from many cars and trucks, not anyone will be able to pop in the driver’s seat and safely and properly operate their controls.

In the state of Missouri, you must have a CDL to operate any of the following vehicles:
  • Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.
  • A combination vehicle with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds, if the trailer(s) has a GVWR of 10,001 or more pounds.
  • A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver).
  • Any size vehicle which requires hazardous material placards or is carrying material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73.

Driving any of these vehicles without a CDL can find the driver facing numerous consequences. CDL holders face tougher laws than other drivers, and may even find themselves facing federal penalties if caught without the proper license.

Defense Tactics From Millikan Wright, LLC

With the possibility of up to one year in jail or a $1,000 fine, it is important you seek legal counsel should you get charged with a misdemeanor for driving without a CDL. If you have a previous driving without a commercial driver license charge, your case could prove to be quite complex and require the experienced lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC.

We are experienced in the defense of traffic law misdemeanor crimes. We will find an appropriate strategy to defend you for driving without a CDL or help formulate options that are available to you. Most defense strategies center on specific conditions of your individual case so our experienced traffic law attorneys can advise you on whether you have a defendable case or not.
 
Contact our attorneys to learn how the law applies to your case.
 

Driving While Revoked or Suspended

St. Louis Lawyers Believe in Your Right to Defense

The criminal charge of driving while revoked (DWR) in St. Louis occurs when a person continues to drive a motor vehicle while his/her driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, or revoked - usually as the result of a traffic law conviction such as DWI or the accumulation of points on your driver’s license. Driving While Revoked (DWR) applies to drivers' and commercial drivers' licenses equally.
 
Driving while suspended in St. Louis is perhaps one of the most common and serious charges in the municipal court system. A person who is convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked license may also receive some stiff penalties. If you are facing these charges, contact the St. Louis criminal attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC for aggressive defense.

DWR Is Punishable Under Missouri Law

To be convicted of driving while revoked in Missouri, a person must knowingly drive a motor vehicle while his/her driving privilege is canceled, suspended, or revoked. In fact, the Missouri statute on Driving While Revoked is quite clear. The statute states:

302.321. 1. A person commits the crime of driving while revoked if such person operates a motor vehicle on a highway when such person's license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, or revoked under the laws of this state or any other state and acts with criminal negligence with respect to knowledge of the fact that such person's driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, or revoked.
A driver's license may be suspended in two ways:

(1) A judge may issue a suspension order of a driver's license in Missouri. A judge can suspend a driver's license for a number of reasons. The suspension is usually based upon:
  • Failure to comply with a court order
  • Failure to appear in court
  • Failure to pay parking tickets
  • Failure to pay child support

(2) The Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles can take administrative action and suspend a driver's license. This usually occurs as the result of accumulated points for convictions of moving violations, such as speeding.

What Are Defenses For Driving While Suspended or Revoked?

A conviction of driving while revoked in St. Louis may be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on specific circumstances.
A first time offender convicted of driving while revoked is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanor penalties can include 48 hours in prison or community service and not more than $1,000.00 fine. A second or subsequent conviction of driving while revoked is a class D felony.
 
There are any number of plausible defense strategies for DWR. Most criminal defense strategies are based on circumstances specific to your case. An experienced traffic law attorney can advise you if you have a defendable case and what options are available to you. Contact our attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC to learn how the law applies to your case.
 

How to Avoid a Traffic Stop

You Can Prevent a Missouri Arrest!

Most of us have been stopped by the police at one time or another. While a traffic stop usually results in a warning or a ticket, it can often lead to an arrest. As former police officers, we can tell you traffic stops account for the majority of the activity a typical patrol officer does in any given day with good reason: traffic stops lead to arrests. So do yourself a favor and put the odds back in your favor by avoiding a traffic stop in the first place.

Here's how:

1. Obey Traffic Laws
Seems simple right? It isn't for most people. Most people do not adhere to traffic laws because we are lazy, we forget or we just zone out as we drive the same stretch repeatedly. Pay attention to how you drive today. Did you use your blinker every time? Did you yield appropriately? Did you change lanes just prior to or in the middle of an intersection? There are many traffic laws well beyond speeding and turn signals. Learn them. Obey them. Traffic violations are sure to get you the wrong kind of attention.

2. Forget Aftermarket Products
Speaking of attention, most aftermarket automobile products appeal to people as a means of customizing their vehicle or expressing their personality. Fact is most aftermarket products are in direct conflict with vehicle safety laws. For example, most states have laws that prohibit emitting a light to the rear of a vehicle unless it meets specific conditions. Vanity Lights around license plates, bumpers, windows and such are illegal. Tinted windows are against the law in many states or must meet a specific threshold of transparency. Leave the gimmicks on the shelves.

3. Inspect Your Vehicle Regularly
When was the last time you walked completely around your car? I bet it has been a while...if ever. Keeping your car in good order is one of the best things you can do to avoid a traffic stop and improve your safety. Specifically, you should ensure your headlights are functioning properly, all the tail lights illuminate properly, doors and trunk secure properly and you don't have any potential safety problems such as an unsecured load or loose vehicle body parts.

4. Keep Politics At Home
While expressing your political views is not against the law and does not create probable cause, it certainly can contribute to the likelihood you'll be pulled over with the right...ahem...wrong political expression. For example, displaying a bumper sticker about legalizing marijuana might get you more attention than you want. Pick your battles; besides, no one ever changed their mind based on a bumper sticker.

5. Wear Your Seatbelt
All States have laws that mandate the use of seatbelts by everyone in the vehicle. Many states are modifying existing seat belt laws to allow failure to use a seat belt as probable cause. In this age of information, anyone with internet access can see the images of horrific accidents where the occupants survived or even walked away from the crash. How? Yep...seat belts. Not wearing your seatbelt isn't seen as "cool", even by teenagers today. It is seen as stupid. Be smart.

Contact us online or call (314) 621-0622 for a FREE consultation and learn how the law applies to your specific situation. As former police officers and a former prosecuting attorney, we know potential pitfalls in the investigative process. As criminal defense attorneys, we know how to afford you protection under the law. Our education and experience make a difference.

The Missouri Criminal Defense Attorneys of Millikan Wright, LLC focus serving the needs of the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. On the Missouri side, our criminal lawyers defend people in St. Louis city, St. Louis county, Jefferson county, Franklin county, St. Charles county, and Lincoln county. On the Illinois side, our attorneys represent people hurt in Madison county, St. Clair county and Monroe county.
 

Hit & Run Criminal Defense Lawyer

Our Team of St. Louis Attorneys Work to Protect You

Leaving the scene of an accident, also known as hit and run accidents, is a criminal violation in St. Louis and can have serious consequences. Any person operating a motor vehicle and involved in an accident resulting in personal injury or property damage of any kind is required by law to:
  • Stop in a safe place;
  • Render aid to anyone injured; and
  • Provide your personal information to the appropriate party

If you are unable to identify or contact the appropriate party, you are legally required to leave a note with your contact information AND file an accident report with the police. Failure to do these things constitutes a hit and run case.
 
If you or a loved one has been charged with a hit and run, it is imperative you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in order to preserve your rights during the investigation and learn how the law applies to your specific situation.

Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Leaving the scene of an accident can have potentially serious consequences. In the State of Missouri, R.S.Mo. §577.060 states that leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident is a class A misdemeanor except it is a class D felony if the accident resulted in:
  • Physical injury to another party; or
  • Property damage in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00); or
  • The defendant has previously been convicted or plead guilty to a violation of this law
In addition to the potential to have your driving privileges suspended or revoked, any driver that is convicted of a hit and run accident may find themselves imprisoned, paying immense fines, having their insurance revoked, or even be open to legal charges if someone was harmed in the accident.
Since many drivers that leave the scene of an accident are attempting to avoid legal penalties from being under the influence, driving without a valid license, driving without insurance, or simply afraid, the extenuating circumstances surrounding the accident can result in additional charges.

How Can A Defense Attorney Help My Case?

Our criminal defense attorneys have unique experience allowing them to provide a comprehensive defense strategy. As former police officers and a former prosecutor, attorney Brian Millikan and attorney Christopher A. Wright understand how the prosecution may build a criminal case against you. This valuable insight has allowed them to successfully defend clients across St. Louis.
 
If you have been charged with a hit and run accident, you will need legal help as soon as possible. We can help. Give Millikan Wright, LLC a call and speak with a member of our legal team about all of the ways that we can help you. No defense is too early!
 

Speeding Tickets in St. Louis

Don't Let Missouri Traffic Violations Affect You!

It is no secret that traffic violations generate a lot of revenue for cities. Speeding tickets are by far the most common traffic violation and many people just pay the fines as a matter of convenience. However, if you pay a speeding ticket you are pleading guilty to a criminal charge that will result in a conviction on your driving record. Convictions of driving violations typically result in increased vehicle insurance costs and may result in suspension or revocation of your driver's license if you have previous convictions.

Don't plead guilty to a speeding ticket! An experienced traffic law attorney can work the city prosecutor to amend the traffic ticket to a charge that will not result in points added to your driving record. In nearly every case, we are able to arrange for our clients to pay a fine without pleading guilty to a moving violation.
 
Don’t comply with a speeding ticket! Contact Millikan Wright, LLC to speak with an experienced defense attorney that can fight for your rights in a free consultation.

Why Should I Fight a Speeding Ticket?

One of the major impacts of a speeding ticket is that is considered a moving violation. Moving violations land on your driving record and can have a drastic impact on your insurance since it indicates that you are not a careful driver. No one deserves to be punished for a simple mistake!

Traffic tickets can have an impact in a few ways:
  • Increase in insurance rates
  • Prevent you from obtaining employment
  • Remove your driving privileges
  • Addition of points on your record
  • Potential for jail time
Working with a St. Louis defense lawyer can help. We can work on your behalf to reduce the charge from a moving violation to a non-moving violation, or have the charge completely dropped. There are benefits to reducing the charges. The ticket will not be reported and no points will be added to your license, but the court will still be able to recover fees.

Working With an Attorney Can Be Beneficial

There are numerous benefits to working with a skilled lawyer at Millikan Wright, LLC. Our firm has over 50 years of experience handling cases just like yours, and with the added benefit of a former police officer and prosecuting attorney on your side, you know that we are willing to go to fight on your behalf.

In addition, or firm can help you reduce the amount of time and money you are spending on this ticket by appearing in court on your behalf, filing all the legal documents necessary to resolve your case, and keeping your driving record as clean as possible to prevent negative repercussions.
 
Sound good to you? Give us a call today. The sooner we are able to take action on your case, the stronger your legal defense will be.
 

St. Louis DWI Defense Attorney

Have you been arrested for a Missouri DWI?

DWI arrest procedures in St. Louis are based, in part, on recommendations by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Police officers try to gather as much evidence as possible to show your level of impairment while driving. At Millikan Wright, LLC, our experienced DWI attorneys can guide those charged with DWI through both the administrative hearing pertaining to your driving privileges and the DWI court process pertaining to your personal freedom and criminal history. It is important to have an experienced lawyer acting on your behalf in these cases, as we are often able to discover errors related to the prosecution of your case that may be used in your defense. As former police officers and a former prosecuting attorney, we have seen firsthand the mistakes made during the evidence collection and arrest process.

While each police department operates differently, this is a typical DWI arrest procedure in St. Louis:
 
1. Driving Case
Most police officers will try to establish a "driving case", meaning the officer observed you while driving. Most of the time these driving cases act as the probable cause for making a traffic stop and investigating further. Driving cases may include: speeding , driving too slow, weaving, striking fixed objects or using roadside curbs to guide the vehicle.
 
2. Observation of Person
The officer will investigate further to see if you have physical indicators to possible intoxication, including slurred speech, watery or blood shot eyes and the order of consumed alcoholic drinks.
 
3. Field Sobriety Tests
The officer will ask you perform a few roadside field sobriety tests to show physical impairment. Standard tests include the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, The Walk and Turn and The One Leg Stand Test. These tests involve concentration, balance and some basic physical stamina. These tests are voluntary.
 
4. Portable/Preliminary Breath Test (PBT)
The officer may ask you to blow into a handheld breath test, known as a PBT. This device is not usually carefully calibrated or maintained as well as the larger, official breathalyzer at the police department. This is just another tool to indicate consumption of alcohol.
 
5. Arrest and Subsequent Search
If the officer believes you are intoxicated or cannot safely operate your vehicle, you will be arrested and taken to the police department for further testing. You and your vehicle will likely be searched subsequent to an arrest.
 
6. Testing for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
At the police department you will be tested to determine the blood alcohol content (BAC) in your blood. This is usually done via a breathalyzer breath test, but also include testing via blood and/or urine. Failure to submit to a BAC test will result in loss of your driver's license for a year. A DWI conviction will result in loss of your driver's license for up to 90 days (first offense).
 
7. Charged with DWI
If you are 21 years old or older and your BAC is 0.08 or higher, you will be charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) . If you are under 21 years old and your BAC is 0.02 or higher, you will be charged with DWI.
 
8. Summons
You will be issued a summons to appear in court to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
 
9. Arraignment
This is your first appearance in court to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Conditions of your release, amount of bail, or whether you will remain in jail without bail will be determined by the Judge at the arraignment. Hopefully you have retained the services of an experienced Missouri DWI Attorney to represent you.
 
10. Pre-Trial Conference
 
11. Suppression Hearing
Motions are made by your attorney to have evidence suppressed from being considered in the criminal DWI case against you.
 
12. Trial
 
13. Administrative Hearing
This is the administrative case that occurs separately from the criminal charge. The administrative hearing only deals with the suspension of your driving privileges.
When you have been charged with DWI , you are entitled to an administrative hearing before the Department of Revenue. This is your opportunity to defend yourself against the civil aspects of the DWI charge. At the administrative hearing, a Hearing Officer will make a ruling on whether your driver's license should be suspended, revoked, or if the charges against you should be dismissed.
The decisions made in your administrative hearing relate to that hearing only, and do not apply to any criminal DWI charges against you.
When you have been accused of driving while intoxicated, you need an experienced and aggressive DWI defense attorney on your side. Our firm knows hiring the best possible defense for your case takes time and consideration, and welcome any questions or concerns you may have. We offer free case consultations to speak with you about your case, how the law applies, and why Millikan Wright, LLC is the right choice for you. Let our education and experience make a difference on your behalf!
 

Frequently Asked Questions About DWI

Millikan Wright, LLC Provides Insight to Common Concerns

Being pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence is one of the most stressful things you may find yourself going through. An arrest does not equal a conviction! Our experienced St. Louis DWI attorneys want to provide you with the best possible resources so you know what to expect moving forward and how you can benefit your case. Take some time to read through some of the most frequently asked questions to Millikan Wright, LLC below.

Our firm is happy to assist you with any additional questions you may have. Feel free to directly give us a call or ill out a free case evaluation to learn more.

What's the difference between a DWI charge and a DUI charge?
The official charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs varies by state. Some states, such as Missouri, refer to the offense as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Other states, such as Illinois, refer to this criminal charge as Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Still other states call the offense Operating While Impaired or Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating Under the Influence (OUI).

Regardless of what the offense is called, all states use Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) to determine a driver's level of impairment. Missouri has two Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) thresholds for charging a person with a DWI:

  • For drivers 21 years of age or older, the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold is 0.08.
  • For drivers under 21 years of age, the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold is 0.02.

Illinois also has two Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) thresholds for charging a person with a DWI. For drivers 21 years of age or older, the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold is 0.08. However, in Illinois, there is a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving so the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold for drivers under the age of 21 is 0.

Am I able to beat a Missouri DUI charge?
A DWI arrest can have life-changing consequences including fines, license suspension, and even jail time. In addition, a DWI arrest can negatively affect your career and make it difficult to find a job. However, not every DWI arrest is handled properly by police and that requires further investigation by an experienced DWI attorney. Please click on the infographic to the right for more information.

In some cases, a DWI in Missouri can be amended to lesser offense. This might not always be the best option though. It all depends on the circumstances. There are several factors to consider when making this decision. A thorough examination of all consequences to your license and criminal record need to be taken into account when determining your course of action. The attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC can help you weigh your options so you are making the right decision.

DWI Expungement is often overlooked by most people. Many do not realize that it is possible to remove a DWI conviction from your criminal record AND your driving record, provided certain qualifications are met.

When charged with DWI, most people are concerned about four things:
In short, if a person has not had an alcohol related conviction in the ten (10) years prior to the application date for DWI Expungement in St. Louis, Missouri Statute 577.054 RSMO may provide a means of removing the conviction.
Visit our blog post to read more about amending a DWI to a lesser offense.

What happens if a child is in the car when I am pulled over for DUI?
If a minor child is in the vehicle when you are pulled over for suspension of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), the resulting charges in addition to fines, loss of driver’s license and jail time could include a misdemeanor or felony child endangerment charge. If convicted, you could face loss of custody and visitation rights in addition to the aforementioned penalties.

At Millikan Wright, LLC, our team of DWI lawyers are dedicated to aggressively defending your rights, to ensure your freedom and custody privileges are maintained. When combating DWI child endangerment charges, our lawyers will determine if there was sufficient reason for stopping your vehicle and if there was reasonable belief that you were intoxicated and therefore endangering the safety of your child. By analyzing the evidence, including police reports, testimonies and BAC results, we will create a solid defense strategy to combat the charges and seek an acquittal.

Remember, when you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, you do not need to proceed alone. With over 50 years of combined experience and experience as former police officers and prosecutors, Millikan Wright, LLC knows the tactics that are used to get you punished. Our aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys will stop at nothing to get you the most favorable outcome.
For more information about Millikan Wright, LLC or to schedule a free case evaluation, contact us today!
 

Consequences of a St. Louis DWI

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There are significant penalties that may apply when you have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in St. Louis, and these penalties will only increase if you have had more than one DWI conviction or if you happened to have a child in the car or were involved in an accident at the time. Remember that you are not alone when you have been accused of DWI. An experienced attorney at Millikan Wright, LLC is here for you during this stressful time.
 
Contact our team of Missouri lawyers today!

What penalties am I facing for a DWI in Missouri?

The consequences of a DWI depends on a number of additional factors, but there are some things like will likely apply to each and every person that is facing a conviction.
 
Criminal and Administrative DWI penalties in St. Louis include:
  • Mandatory alcohol education and treatment/assessment (SATOP)
  • Administrative license suspension/revocation
  • Probation
  • Possibility of jail time
  • Possible vehicle confiscation in limited circumstances
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device
It is important that you act quickly after being arrested for DWI. You must appeal the administrative suspension within 15 days from the day you were arrested or your license will be suspended or revoked and you will have no right to appeal the decision of the Department of Revenue. This suspension can occur no matter what the criminal outcome of your case may be. This means that your license may be suspended even if you are found to be innocent of the DWI charges that have been leveled against you.
 
Your license will be suspended by the DMV if:
  • Your refused to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test of your alcohol concentration after you were arrested upon reasonable suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI)
  • Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was tested and the alcohol concentration in your blood, breath, or urine was .08% or higher (.02% or higher if you are under 21 years old at the time of arrest).
  • You did not challenge the suspension within 15 days of being arrested for driving while intoxicated.
To ensure that you are able to maintain your driving privileges and prevent a DWI conviction from negatively affecting your record, you must work with an experienced DWI defense attorney. At Millikan Wright, LLC, our attorneys pride themselves on tirelessly working on behalf of their client’s interests. We believe that you should not experience a lifetime of negative repercussions for one mistake, and use every tool in our arsenal to prevent this from occurring.

You Need a Defense Attorney From Millikan Wright, LLC

SATOP is an abbreviation for Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program. The State of Missouri mandates successful completion of this program in order to have a driver´s license reinstated. The purpose of SATOP is to inform drivers of the hazards associated with impaired driving and promote safe driving throughout Missouri.
 
Participation in SATOP is required as a result of:
  • Administrative Suspension of driver´s license for DWI
  • Condition of Plea Bargain or Probation
  • Court Order
  • Revocation of driver´s license for DWI
SATOP in St. Louis has two distinct stages: the assessment and the program. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate the driver´s use of alcohol or drugs while driving. Based on this assessment, the driver will be assigned to one of six SATOP programs. While SATOP is required, it also costs significant money that must be paid by you.

Don’t let a mistake take an unnecessary toll on your life. When you work with our team of St. Louis DWI defense lawyers, you can be confident that you are working with an award-winning firm that promises to offer you the exceptional and personal representation that your case deserves.
 
Don’t take it from us, check out some of the things our happy clients have said and call us to get started on your DWI defense!
 

Field Sobriety Tests in MO DWI Arrests

What do you need to know about this DWI evidence?

Field sobriety tests are one of the ways that a St. Louis police officer that has pulled over a driver on suspicion of driving under the influence can gather evidence to make an arrest. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED BY LAW TO SUBMIT TO A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST. In nearly every DWI case, the police officer has already made up their mind whether or not they will try and make an arrest, and the purpose of a field sobriety test is to simply justify that decision. Don’t let police officers bully you into something you are not legally required to perform.

An experienced DWI lawyer will try to have the results of field sobriety tests suppressed in court for a number of reasons. Many police officers are not properly trained to administer and/or properly evaluate the results of a field sobriety test. These tests are largely subjective and are often conducted in non-ideal conditions.
 
Were you asked to take a field sobriety test before your DWI arrest? Our team of St. Louis DWI defense attorneys can fight against these accusations on your behalf! Schedule your free consultation with Millikan Wright, LLC today!

What are field sobriety tests?

Field sobriety tests are comprised of physical and mental tasks used to determine if the driver is impaired. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recommended specific instructions on which field sobriety tests should be conducted and how a police officer should conduct the tests. The NHTSA has stated that "If any one of the standardized field sobriety test elements is changed, the validity is compromised."
 
The NHTSA recommends the following standardized field sobriety tests:
  • The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) Test: Asking the accused to follow an object, such as a pen, with their eyes in order to observe the involuntary reaction of the eyes at certain angles.
  • The Walk-and-Turn (WAT) Test: The suspected drunk driver is asked to walk heel to toe in a straight line and return in the same manner.
  • The One-Leg-Stand Test: A driver is asked to hold one foot off the ground and count by thousands for around 30 seconds.
According to some estimates, these tests, when used in combination with one another, are allegedly accurate in 91% of all DWI cases. If this estimation is correct, it is also assuming that the tests were performed correctly and there were no extenuating circumstances that could have contributed to a false positive.

In addition to these tests, many police officers will ask a driver suspected of drunk driving to recite the alphabet without singing and/or to count backwards from 100 to a specific number. These tests are not endorsed by the NHTSA as part of a standardized field sobriety test rotation.

Why is hiring a St. Louis DWI defense lawyer to your benefit?

A field sobriety test is just one element of the evidence collected in a DWI case. Other evidence may include: police officer observations, defendant statements, preliminary/portable breath test (PBT) and BAC test results (breathalyzer or blood test).

The team at Millikan Wright, LLC has over 50 years of combined experience handling cases just like yours. We have worked with clients that have taken, and failed, field sobriety tests that have led to their subsequent arrests. As former police officers and a former prosecuting attorney, our firm has experience on the other side of the law and knows of the various tactics that can be used to convict you for a crime you are not guilty of.
 
The sooner that you call our St. Louis DWI attorneys, the quicker that we can begin building a solid case to cast doubt on your charges. When your rights and freedoms are on the line, you cannot afford to waste any time!
 

Ignition Interlock Device

When You Should Call A St. Louis DUI Defense Lawyer

An ignition interlock device is a device connecting to your vehicle that prevents you from operating your car with a measurable blood alcohol level. If any alcohol is measured in the mouth, the engine of the vehicle will not start. In July 2008, Senate Bill 930/947 was passed, affecting all future repeat offenders of Missouri's DWI laws. This bill will also affect any past repeat offenders that have not had their driving privileges partially or fully reinstated before July 1, 2009.

Under this new law, if you already have a previous DWI on record and you received an additional suspension or revocation for DWI, or if you refuse to submit to an alcohol or drug test, you may have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle before your driving privilege can be reinstated. This new law also applies to Missouri drivers with alcohol-related offenses from other states.
 
Are you wondering how an ignition interlock device may apply in your case? Need help fighting back against an ignition interlock device being installed in your car? The St. Louis criminal defense and DUI attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC are here to help. Give us a call today!

How does an ignition interlock device work?

An ignition interlock device works to prevent someone that has previously been convicted of driving under the influence from repeating their actions and getting behind the wheel after drinking.
 
These devices are able to prevent a car from starting by:
  • The driver must blow into the mouthpiece before being able to start their car;
  • The fuel cell located inside the ignition interlock device analyzes the blood alcohol content in the breath; and
  • If the BAC is below a certain limit, the vehicle will start; or
  • If BAC is above the certain limit, the fuel cell will remain open and the car will not stop.
In order to prevent someone from asking a sober passersby or friend to blow into the device for them, ignition interlock devices have a built-in system that will require a driver to breathe into them while driving to ensure that they are sober. This information will be recorded and sent to authorities.

How can I get an ignition interlock device?

The installation of the IID must be completed by an approved vendor, and is normally in place for a minimum of six months. During this time period, you will be required to report to a certified IID vendor each month for maintenance to ensure the device is working properly. Failure to comply with this maintenance requirement will mean the suspension of your driving privileges. At this point, to have your driving privileges reinstated, you will have to go to an approved vendor, get the IID reinstalled or serviced, send proof to the Driver's License Bureau of the installation or service, and pay the required $20 reinstatement fee.

In certain situations, the court may impose a longer period for the IID. Failure to install the IID will lead to the revocation of your driving privileges for one year. A second offense will result in the loss of driving privileges for five years.

For individuals that refuse to submit to an alcohol or drug test, this new law will require you to file proof of automobile liability insurance with the Department of Revenue to get your license reinstated. This proof of insurance must be filed with the Department of Revenue for a two-year period from the date of revocation. The most common proof of insurance is the SR-22, which will be filed by your insurance carrier. In addition, you may be required to pay a reinstatement fee, and complete SATOP ( Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program).

How can I get an ignition interlock device?

Under Missouri law, even a first-time DUI conviction can find you with an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. This is not only an immense expense, but inhibits your ability to freely drive. When your rights are on the line, you must fight back! With an experienced DUI attorney in St. Louis, you can be confident that your case is in good hands. Our lawyer’s experience as a former prosecutor means that we are familiar with both sides of a criminal case, and can put our knowledge in your hands.
 
Schedule your free case evaluation with our team!
 

Limited Driving Privilege in St. Louis

Learn About Your Options During a Missouri DWI

A limited driving privilege (LDP) license is sometimes referred to as a "hardship" license. Essentially, this type of license is granted to someone whose driver's license has been suspended or revoked. At Millikan Wright, LLC, we understand how important driving is to your job, family and your livelihood, which is why our attorneys will work with you to negotiate a limited driving privilege ordered by the court. Being granted a LDP means the driver is allowed to operate a vehicle under a number of restrictive conditions. In some circumstances you may even qualify for an expanded limited driving privilege.
 
Wondering if you may qualify for a LDP? Schedule a free consultation with a DWI attorney today!

Do I qualify for a limited driving privilege?

 
A court shall grant the LDP if the applicant:
  • is otherwise eligible
  • has filed proof of ignition interlock installation
  • has no “alcohol related enforcement contacts” as defined in Section 302.525.3 RSMo since the
  • last conviction that triggered the denial
  • the court makes a finding that the applicant’s habits and conduct show they no longer pose a threat
  • to the public safety
Many people do not qualify for a limited driving privilege for a multitude of reasons. The following are the most common conditions that prevent someone from obtaining a LDP.
 
Reasons Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) Is Denied:
  1. You do not have a Missouri Driver's License.
  2. You did not have an IID (Ignition Interlock Device) installed after a chemical refusal test.
  3. You have a conviction for a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle.
  4. You have a conviction for leaving the scene of an accident.
  5. You have a disqualification of commercial driving privileges.
  6. You have a conviction for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or controlled substances.
  7. You have a revocation for failure to pass a Department of Revenue driving or medical examination.
  8. You have a suspension for an unsatisfied motor vehicle accident judgment.
  9. You have a suspension for failure to pay ticket(s) in Missouri or in another state.

What can I expect from a LDP license?

Effective July 5, 2013, the law in Missouri on limited driving privileges (LDPs) changed. An overview of Section 302.309 RSMo and the changes therein:

  • Removes the 5-year limitation on LDP issuance
  • Offenders are now eligible for an LDP on an administrative alcohol revocation after the 45 day “hard walk” if an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed
  • Offenders are now eligible for an LDP on a second or subsequent chemical refusal revocation, after serving an initial 90-day “hard walk” suspension
  • It eliminates the “two-Refusal” ineligibility for other LDP applicants
  • Ignition interlock device (IID) is now required for first chemical refusal LDPs.

For five and ten year license denials, Section 302.309.3(8)(a) and (b) RSMo, provides in part as follows:

  • Camera and GPS features required for ignition interlock devices (IIDs)
  • Eliminates the two year and three year “hard walk” prior to LDP eligibility
  • Eliminates requirement for criminal history checks for five and ten year denial LDP applications
  • Applicants must be “otherwise eligible” for an LDP. If ineligible, the person may apply to a DWI court.

If you don’t meet one of these requirements, there may still be additional options available to you for gaining a limited driving privilege. Our experienced DWI defense lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC will evaluate your individual case to determine what qualifications you may meet in order to attain an LDP.

Speak With Experienced St. Louis DWI Defense Attorneys

When your driving rights have been revoked due to a DWI conviction, you face numerous hardships that you should not have to tackle alone. Our St. Louis DWI defense lawyers can help. When you work with our firm, you have the experience of a police officer and former prosecutor on your side, ensuring that we know the tactics used to deny you the rights you are owed.
 
Find out what Millikan Wright, LLC can do for you after a DWI arrest by calling our office .
 

Expanded Driving Privilege For MO Drivers

Call our St. Louis Attorneys When Your Rights Are At Stake

Being arrested and convicted of driving while intoxicated can have a serious impact on your life. In many cases, your driving privileges will be revoked by the Department of Motor Vehicles and the court, preventing you from getting to your place of employment, important appointments, and even being able to drive your children. Luckily, someone that does not have their current driving privileges does not need to despair. The court allows for those with a DWI to apply for expanded driving privileges. The purpose of attaining an expanded driving privilege is to allow a person to drive to and from important places, such as work and school, without fear of penalty.
 
Living with a DWI conviction can be hard enough. Losing the right to drive only makes it even harder. When you have important responsibilities, you cannot afford to let a DWI prevent you from accessing your responsibilities. Schedule a free consultation with a former prosecuting attorney at Millikan Wright, LLC. When you have been arrested for a St. Louis DWI offense, you need an aggressive attorney by your side.

When can I drive after a DWI?

 
In Missouri law, Section 302.309.3(2) RSMo expands the privilege to drive when extenuating circumstances are involved. Under the LDP statute, limited privileges may be granted for the following purposes:
  1. Business, occupation or employment reasons
  2. To seek medical attention or treatment
  3. For the purpose of attending an educational institution
  4. The attendance of an alcohol or drug treatment
  5. Seeking the required services of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) provider
  6. Other circumstances found to create an undue hardship on operator
The “other circumstances” allows for the possibility of an operator to drive in situations where the inability to drive creates a serious problem for him or herself or their loved ones. Circumstances such as an individual who cares for a disabled child or elderly parent may be allowed to drive to and from the parent’s home and doctor’s appointments.

The request for an expanded limited driving privilege must be included in the LDP application submitted to the Department of Revenue. The request should set out specific locations that the operator is requesting to drive to and from. Upon providing proof that this is in fact a hardship, the Department of Revenue will likely grant the expansion of the limited permit to include the locations listed on the LDP application.

Working with a St. Louis DWI Defense Lawyer Can Help You

The best thing you can have on your side is impassioned and aggressive defense. The penalties for a DWI can be extremely harsh and long-lasting, solely aimed at punishing the offender. You do not deserve to have this difficult time be made any harder. When you work with Millikan Wright, LLC, you can be confident that our team is looking out for your best interests. Your life does not end with a DWI conviction, and we want to make sure that it has the smallest overall effect on your life as possible.
 
Learn more about expanded driving privileges by speaking with a St. Louis DWI lawyer on our team. Call our office today to get started!
 

Defense for Multiple DWI Charges

Have you already been arrested once for DWI in St. Louis?

Under the law, DWI convictions are punished unusually harshly. Penalties for this crime is aimed at preventing a driver from ever getting behind the wheel intoxicated again, so a first time DWI conviction is aimed at being particularly aggressive. Even worse is when a driver has been accused of a DWI after their first arrest. Second and successive alcohol-related driving offenses have progressively more serious consequences, both criminally and civilly.

With a former police officer and prosecuting attorney by your side, you are well-poised for a solid and reasonable defense. At Millikan Wright, LLC, our DWI defense attorneys have an advantage that other firms are missing- the experience of someone that has been on both sides of the law. If you are facing more than one DWI conviction, you need experienced help as soon as possible.
 
Schedule your free consultation with St. Louis criminal defense lawyers today!

What penalties may I face for multiple DWIs?

While many people view the punishment for a first time state DWI offense as aggressive and even severe, the penalties for a second, or subsequent, state DWI offense have even greater consequences. A first time DWI conviction is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed six (6) months and a fine not to exceed $500. A subsequent DWI or "intoxication-related traffic offense" conviction may subject the offender to significantly more severe punishment under the provision of "persistent offender" and "prior offender" definitions in Missouri statute 577.023, RSMo Supp. 2003.
 
A "persistent offender" is defined as one of the following:
  • A person who has pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty of two (2) or more intoxication-related traffic offenses within ten (10) years of the first intoxication-related offense.
  • A person who has pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree.
If an offender pleads guilty or is convicted of a subsequent DWI or intoxication-related offense and proven to be a "persistent offender", he/she will be convicted of a Class D felony. Punishment for a Class D felony is a term of imprisonment not to exceed four (4) years and a fine not to exceed $5,000.
 
A "prior offender" is defined as:
A person who has pleaded guilty or has been convicted of one (1) intoxication-related traffic offense, where the prior offense occurred within five (5) years of the current charge.
If an offender pleads guilty or is convicted of a subsequent DWI or intoxication-related offense and proven to be a "prior offender", he/she will be convicted of a Class A misdemeanor. Punishment for a Class A misdemeanor is a term of imprisonment not to exceed one year and a fine not to exceed $1,000.

What penalties may I face for multiple DWIs?

Keep in mind that Missouri law has a five year lookback period for DWI offenses. This means that when you have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, the court will look at your driving history for five years prior. If you have one other drunk driving conviction during this time, the court will punish this as a multiple DWI. If no other convictions exist, you will be facing a first-time DWI.

No matter what penalties you may be facing, you need the aggressive defense of a St. Louis DWI defense attorney when your rights are at stake. With over 50 years of combined experience, you know that the team at Millikan Wright, LLC is by your side during this difficult time. Call to speak with a member of our legal team and get the experienced representation you deserve!
 

5 & 10 Year License Denials

Wondering how your DWI affects driving privileges?

If you have been arrested and accused of driving under the influence in St. Louis, you face a number of penalties, including having your driving privileges taken away from you. While those with a first time conviction oftentimes face a minimal intrusion of their ability to drive, those with multiple DWI convictions find the court taking a harsher stand against them.
Multiple convictions of alcohol related offenses in Missouri will result in a denial of driving privileges for a five (5) or ten (10) year period. While there are many nuances to the law, Missouri statutes essentially state:
  • A second conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in a five year period will result in five-year license denial.
  • A third or more conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in a five year period will result in a ten-year license denial.
After the respective denial period, either five years or ten years, driving privileges may be restored by court order only. In a ten-year denial, the driver must obtain an order of reinstatement from the circuit court in the county where the last conviction occurred after serving the ten-year period. However, a person may be able to gain driving privileges sooner by obtaining a limited driving privilege through the court, often called a "Hardship" license.

When you have been convicted of DWI, the court will aggressively act to take away many of your rights and privileges. It is important now more than ever to take the steps necessary to protect yourself. Work with an experienced DWI lawyer at Millikan Wright, LLC and learn how a license denial affects you and the steps you can take to minimize its impact on your life.
 
Schedule a free initial case consultation with the former police officers and prosecutors on our team of St. Louis DWI defense lawyers!

Limited Driving Privileges in a License Denial

Folks with five and ten year license denials are eligible to apply for a LDP. Section 302.309.3(8)(a) and (b) RSMo, provides in part that the applicant show proof of the following:
  • Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) with camera and GPS features
  • Applicants must be “otherwise eligible” for an LDP (i.e., no felony, etc.). If not eligible, the person may apply to a DWI court.
  • A court shall grant the LDP if the applicant:
    • Is otherwise eligible;
    • Has filed proof of ignition interlock installation;
    • Has no “alcohol related enforcement contacts” as defined in Section 302.525.3 RSMo since the last conviction that triggered the denial; and
    • The court makes a finding that the applicant’s habits and conduct show they no longer pose a threat to the public safety

Our Firm Can Help with the Reinstatement of a St. Louis Driver’s License

Driving privileges may be reinstated after the suspension or revocation period is served, provided all requirements are filed with the Missouri Department of Revenue. Drivers not satisfying the reinstatement requirements of the State will continue to have their driving privileges suspended or revoked.

If driving privileges were suspended or revoked for points assessed resulting from an alcohol related conviction, the driver must meet the following requirements to have privileges reinstated:

If you are wondering how you may be able to have your driving privileges reinstated after a license denial, consult with Millikan Wright, LLC. With over 50 years of combined experience, our award-winning St. Louis DWI lawyers can help you regain your freedom. We believe that everyone deserves to have their rights upheld before the court and that a simple mistake should not prevent anyone from being able to provide for themselves and their family.
 
For more information how a DWI attorney can help you, do not hesitate to call our offices immediately.
 

Driver’s License Reinstatement in St. Louis

Let a DUI Defense Attorney Help You Drive in MO

Missouri SR-22 is a form for drivers that have been arrested and convicted of driving under the influence that helps to meet a requirement to reinstate a suspended or revoked driver license. The filling of a SR22 in St. Louis provides a guarantee to the Missouri Motor Vehicle & Drivers Licensing Department that:
  1. The insurance company has issued at least minimum liability coverage required by the State to the person filing the Missouri SR22 form.
  2. The insurance company will notify the Missouri Secretary of State if there is a lapse in coverage provided.
 
Have you been convicted of DUI in St. Louis and wondering how you can get your driver’s license back? Look no further! The DUI defense attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC have over 50 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of those across Missouri. Contact us to learn how we can help!

Do I need a SR-22 form?

The SR-22 verifies that a driver that has their license revoked has the necessary car insurance needed to drive. This must be prepared by an insurance company and filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles, for five years following a DUI conviction.

Anyone who has a Missouri driver's license either suspended or revoked will need to file the SR22 form in order for the license to be reinstated. Driver's license suspensions and revocations can occur of a number of reasons, including:
Keep in mind that a driver that has their license suspended and is now seeking reinstatement may find themselves with a higher car insurance premium than other drivers. Filing a SR-22 is considered a red flag that indicated a driver may not be eligible for insurance discounts.

Millikan Wright, LLC, St. Louis Attorneys, Can Help!

St. Louis DWI attorneys can help you in filing the SR22 form. They have a long standing relationship with an insurance agency, the LaVigne Group, well versed with Missouri SR22 requirements as well as additional insurance impact from a DWI.

You can contact the LaVigne Group directly at:

The LaVigne Group
Steve LaVigne
9849 Manchester
Suite 2
St. Louis, MO 63119
Tel: 314.963.0432

At Millikan Wright, LLC, our attorneys are not afraid to fight for your rights in court. From upholding your innocence against the prosecution to obtaining your license, you can be confident that our team is by your side every step of the way. Our firm lawyers have worked as former law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys, making us intimately familiar with the numerous ways that the law can be used against you.
 
Schedule your free consultation to get started on your aggressive defense.
 

Legal Defenses to Police Observation

How can DWI defense attorneys refute police evidence?

The St. Louis DWI lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC have extensive experience in DWI cases. As former police officers, they know firsthand the steps required by law in making a drunk driving case. They also know the short cuts and mistakes that police officers can make.
Nearly all drunk driving cases include the observations of the arresting police officer as part of the DWI evidence (defendant statement, field sobriety test, portable breath test, BAC test). These observations usually form the probable cause needed to stop and detain a person for a DWI investigation. In the majority of drunk driving cases, the officer observes erratic driving and/or a traffic violation.
 
When you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you need to be able to rely on your defense. With over 50 years of combined experience, you can be confident that the St. Louis defense lawyers are here when you need it. Contact our office to get started!

What do police look for during a St. Louis DWI stop?

 
When investigating a possible DWI case, police officers look for a variety of possible indicators of intoxication, including:
  • order of consumed alcohol
  • alcoholic beverage containers
  • slurred speech
  • watery eyes, flushed face
  • inability to speak coherently
  • inability to perform field sobriety tests
  • difficulty maintaining balance
  • difficulty staying focused on simple tasks (producing driver´s license, etc.)
The issue with these observations is, again, they are very subjective. Many of these physical conditions are indicative of many other possibilities, not just intoxication. Other possible causes of these physical conditions include: nervousness, exhaustion, illness (common cold, etc.) and other physical ailments.

In addition to statements made by a suspect, police officers make specific observations during field sobriety tests conducted along the roadside. The field sobriety tests are used to further indicate possible impairment if the driver is unable to perform specific physical and mental tasks.

You are NOT required by law to submit to a field sobriety test. Many police officers will attempt to pressure or scare a driver into submitting to field sobriety tests and portable breath tests. There are no consequences to refusing a field sobriety or portable breath test.

Police Statement During DWI Arrest

Often people stopped for suspicion of drunk driving will answer a police officer´s questions hoping to talk their way out of the investigation or because they don't realize their statements can be used against them later in court.

DWI lawyers understand the confusion people have regarding "Miranda" and the use of statements against them. Some people mistakenly believe statements made prior to a Miranda warning are not admissible in court. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Some statements made voluntarily or in the course of any investigation can be used against you regardless of the Miranda warning.

The 5th Amendment right to not incriminate yourself can be a confusing and complex area of law. The best course of action is provide as little information as possible during an investigation and politely state that you prefer to speak with an attorney before answering any further questions beyond identifying yourself.
 
When you meet with a DWI lawyer, be sure to tell the attorney everything that transpired including the information you provided the police officer. Our firm can help provide the best possible DWI defense case for the evidence in your case, such as police officer observations , defendant statements, field sobriety tests , portable/preliminary breath tests and BAC test results .
 

BAC Calculator

Estimate If You May Be Over the Legal Limit

A blood alcohol content (BAC) test can be administered by a law enforcement official if you are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. In the state of Missouri, driving with a BAC level over 0.08 is warrant for being charged with a DWI and could result in fines or jail time. Our BAC calculator can help estimate what your BAC may be after consuming alcohol. While this can be seen as a guide, the information is not 100% accurate and should not be relied upon as a safe indication to drive.
 
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Disclaimer: This site is for entertainment and informational purposes only. The information on this site is NOT LEGAL ADVICE. Your actual blood alcohol concentration depends on a variety of additional factors, like genetic makeup, personal health, and recent food consumption. These results are rough estimates for an average person only. Do not rely on these results to drive or work. Never drink and drive.

Disclaimer: Please note that our BAC Calculator is just an estimate and not 100% accurate. Your actual BAC is dependent on many factors including (but not limited to) your emotional and physical condition, overall health, and other substances recently ingested (i.e. food, water, drugs, etc.). Do NOT consider this a guideline for how much you can drink and still drive responsibly, or avoid being arrested!

Should you decide to refuse a BAC test in St. Louis, our DWI attorneys have extensive experience with drunk driving cases and evaluating the evidence used in your case to seek for the charges to be dropped. Without a BAC test, evidence in the case could be severely limited and could lead to a dismissal of all charges. At Millikan Wright, LLC, we are dedicated to retaining your freedom, ensuring your rights are maintained, and fighting for fair representation. Contact our firm today!
 
 
 

Felony Defense Lawyer in St. Louis, MO

You Need a Defense Attorney From Millikan Wright, LLC

Felony charges differ from misdemeanors because they are far more serious in nature and in penalties. The negative effects of these charges can also last longer compared to misdemeanor convictions. Felony charges can be tried on either the state or federal level. If you are facing felony charges, it is of utmost importance that you seek legal help from our St. Louis criminal defense lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC. We are not afraid to take your case to court and fight for your freedoms in felony cases.

What charges are considered felonies?

Felonies are extremely serious charges and should be treated as such. They can carry strict consequences and leave a lasting mark on your record. Should you be convicted of a felony, it could negatively affect your ability to successfully gain employment, apply for loans, or enroll in educational institutions.

Examples of felonies can include, but are not limited to drug crimes, traffic crimes, violent crimes, kidnapping, rape, murder, and manslaughter. However, a number of accused crimes can be considered felonies. If you have been arrested in connection with any crime, you need to be confident that your defense lawyer will be able to defend you against any accusation.
 
Felonies can be classified into four different categories:
  • Class A: Short of death penalty crimes, this type of felony is the most serious and can result in many years in prison and very high fines.
  • Class B: Less serious than Class A, these charges tend to revolve around specific circumstances and previous convictions. The penalties are still severe, however.
  • Class C: This is one of the lesser felony charges. Penalties involve prison time and fines, but are often far less severe than Class A or Class B. Probation may also be an option.
  • Class D: This is usually viewed as a subset in the classifications, but is still a felony nonetheless.
When you have been arrested in connection with a felony charge, you will likely need a family member or friend to post bail on your behalf. There are many factors that are considered when setting bail including the circumstance of the crime, the weight of the evidence, and the accused's record. There are times when bail is set excessively high for the charge(s). This can result in a person spending months in jail awaiting trial without ever being convicted. If you or a loved are faced with a felony charge and an excessively high bail, contact the St. Louis criminal law attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC for a free consultation. In certain situations, it may be possible to reduce the amount of bail.

Get Serious Advocacy With St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyers

When facing felony charges, you need experienced lawyers working for you who are not afraid to go to court with your case. With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, our team is well positioned to handle all of your needs with efficiency. We have the financial resources and trial experience to represent you to the fullest of our abilities. Don't jeopardize your personal freedom.
 

Weapons Charges Defense Lawyers

Have you been arrested in St. Louis? Call today!

Guns and weapons charges in St. Louis are taken seriously. The charge of unlawful use of a weapon (UUW) could result in excess fines, probation, possible jail time, and could permanently affect your criminal record. If charged with this crime in combination with other crimes, you may find yourself experienced increased penalties.
 
It is critical that you seek legal counsel from Millikan Wright, LLC attorneys immediately after being charged with a UUW offense. Call our office immediately to get started.

When can I face a UUW charge?

Unlawful use of a weapon charge can be issued for a variety of reasons such as discharging a weapon in a home or public place, having a loaded firearm while intoxicated, discharging a firearm in or at a vehicle, to name a few.
 
Some common weapons offenses include:
  • Gun possession
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Possession of an assault weapon
  • Illegal weapon possession
  • Brandishing a firearm
  • Discharging a firearm
  • Sales of a firearm
  • Use of a weapon during a crime
A common UUW charge in St. Louis is when an individual is found carrying a concealed weapon on either their person or in their vehicle and that weapon is deemed capable of lethal use. These weapons can range, with the most common being a gun or knife. Our experienced attorneys will evaluate your UUW charges and determine if the following occurred during the discovery of the weapon:

  • Did law enforcement have reasonable cause for searching your person or vehicle?
  • Was your vehicle seized when the weapon was discovered?
  • Did the police follow the St. Louis Inventory Search protocol upon your vehicles seizure?
  • Did any additional violations related to seizure of evidence occur?

These are just a few of the questions our seasoned attorneys will ask during your consultation. It is important to know that anyone that has been convicted of a felony is legally incapable of owning a firearm. This is essential to disclose to your defense attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC as soon as possible.

Have you been arrested in St. Louis? Call today!

Given the number of weapons charges that arise from miscommunications and an individual’s unawareness of the law, our St. Louis criminal defense lawyers can help clear this with the court. Considering our extensive experience as former police officers and criminal prosecutors, we are familiar with the many ways that you can be proven guilty and form a reliable and dedicated defense to help protect you.
 
Your rights and freedoms are too important to lose. When you have been accused of a weapons crime in St. Louis, you need criminal defense that counts. The attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC can help. Schedule your free consultation with our experienced legal team today!
 

Minors in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)

You May Need St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Missouri Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) law was revised and made effective August 28, 2005. The revised law expands the previous statute by defining "possession" to include "consumption" of alcohol and being "visibly intoxicated". The prosecution no longer needs to demonstrate that an alcoholic beverage existed or that the minor had physical possession the alcoholic beverage. If the prosecution can demonstrate the minor has consumed alcohol, the minor can be convicted of MIP.

Penalties for MIP Charges in Missouri

Someone can be arrested and charged with MIP if they appear to be intoxicated or if they have any amount of alcohol in their system, even if it is not even close to the legal limit. In the battle against underage drinking, there are likely to be many underage individuals unfairly charged for a crime they are innocent of. With harsh punishments that can result, it is imperative that you take action to protect yourself or your child.

Minors, defined as people between 16 and 20 years old, who plead guilty to or are convicted of MIP face the following punishments:

  • 1st Offense - Driver's License suspended for 30 days.
  • 2nd Offense - Driver's License suspended for 90 days.
  • 3rd or Subsequent Offense - Driver's License revoked for one year.

A conviction of any criminal charge can have serious consequences, both now and in the future. Many courts are becoming stricter and sentencing significant jail time and fines, especially for repeat offenders. Future consequences include the ability to gain employment as many employers conduct a criminal records check as a part of the hiring process. Many employers, including the military, the government, most banks and medium/large businesses, will not hire someone who has a criminal record.

Choose an Experienced Defense Firm in St. Louis

An experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to advise you how the current law applies to your specific situation and help secure the best possible outcome. The St. Louis criminal defense attorneys of Millikan Wright, LLC are former police officers and prosecuting attorneys and have represented people charged with a wide range of criminal offenses, including minors in possession of alcohol. Their unique experience allows them to offer their clients a solid defense strategy.
 
Contact us online or call (314) 621-0622 to learn how our St. Louis defense attorneys can help you fight charges for minor in possession of alcohol (MIP). We offer a free initial consultation , so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch with Millikan Wright, LLC today!
 

Minors in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)

You Future Is Too Important Not To Fight For

A misdemeanor crime is one that is considered a lesser criminal charge than a felony. Those convicted of this crime generally face a smaller fine and spend less than one year in prison. Since the consequences for these crimes seem to be minor, many people mistakenly believe that misdemeanors do not need strong and aggressive criminal defense. This is not the case. When your rights and freedoms are at stake, you need to retain the aggressive services of a criminal defense attorney that will stop at nothing to fight for your rights.
 
As former police officers and a prosecuting attorney, our criminal defense attorneys have a unique perspective in every criminal defense case. Our attorneys know the proper steps to protect your rights and can quickly determine if your rights were violated. Get started by calling our offices as soon as possible.

Can you defend me in my misdemeanor crime charge?

At Millikan Wright, LLC, we represent clients facing misdemeanor charges, including but not limited to:
 
 
  • Assault
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Domestic assault
  • DWI
  • Gambling
 
 
Misdemeanor crimes are considered less serious than felony crimes and generally have less severe punishment associated with them. However, these penalties can still include incarceration, fines, and other punitive actions. Misdemeanor crimes have different degrees of seriousness (Class A, Class B, Class C), depending on the crime.

The class of seriousness for a misdemeanor crime can also determine the potential sentencing that can apply to your case. For more St. Louis misdemeanor crimes, you can find yourself up against 15 days to one year in jail and fines ranging from $300 to $1,000. When you have been accused of a crime, any punishment is too much. Let our legal team, made up of former police officers and prosecuting attorneys help protect your rights.

Can you defend me in my misdemeanor crime charge?

When you or a loved one is charged with a misdemeanor crime in St. Louis, it is imperative that you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney. Many people do not realize that even a misdemeanor crime can have severe penalties, including possible loss of employment and time in county jail. Even worse, if you are ever accused or convicted of another crime, the presence of a misdemeanor crime on your record can seriously affect the outcome of that case. Even further, you may be penalized when you are seeking employment, purchasing a home, and even applying for a professional license.
 
Protecting your rights and providing the best possible defense to a misdemeanor charge is at the heart of our services at Millikan Wright, LLC. Our firm makes sure to aggressively pursue your interests as we fight the prosecuting attorneys and the court against the charges they have leveled against you. Call our office to speak with a member of our legal team or schedule a complimentary case evaluation .
 

St. Louis Parole Violation Defense

Wondering if you should retain a criminal defense attorney?

When considering parole vs. probation, many people think it means the same thing. But in reality, while related, they mean very different things.

Probation is normally given in lesser crimes, and is a sentence handed out by a judge in lieu of prison time, or it may be given in addition to a prison sentence, as a way of extending the punishment after the prison term. A person on probation is normally under the supervision of a probation officer and other rules, depending on the severity of the offense.

Parole is a privilege, a conditional release granted to inmates that have served a portion of their sentence. Often granted for good behavior, parole is normally granted by a board of parole. Paroles are conditional and parolees are required by law to report on a regular basis to their parole officer. If these conditions are violated, the parole will be revoked, and the parole violator will be imprisoned.

Conditions of Parole:

  • All federal and state laws must be obeyed. Any arrests that may occur must be reported within 48 hours.
  • Permission of the parole officer must be obtained to travel out of the area.
  • Permission of the parole officer must be obtained before any change in residency occurs.
  • Approved employment or involvement in a specific program must be maintained. Permission must be obtained to quit employment. Should you be fired, your parole officer must be notified within 48 hours.
  • Association with another person convicted of a felony or misdemeanor is not allowed.
  • The possession, use or sale of any illegal controlled substance is not allowed.
  • The possession, use or sale of any firearm, ammunition or explosive device is not allowed.
  • Regular reporting to your parole officer must be maintained as directed.
  • All monthly intervention fees must be paid on time.
  • Must be in compliance with any other special conditions placed on your parole. Some of these special conditions include: no alcoholic beverages, completion of a treatment program, and the payment of court costs or restitution.
Contact us online or call (314) 621-0622 for a FREE consultation and learn how the law applies to parole violation in St. Louis. As former police officers and a former prosecuting attorney, we know potential pitfalls in the investigative process. As criminal defense attorneys, we know how to afford you protection under the law. Our education and experience make a difference.

The Missouri Criminal Defense Attorneys of Millikan Wright, LLC focus serving the needs of the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. On the Missouri side, our criminal lawyers defend people in St. Louis city, St. Louis county, Jefferson county, Franklin county, St. Charles county, and Lincoln county. On the Illinois side, our attorneys represent people hurt in Madison county, St. Clair county and Monroe county.
 

Theft Crime Attorneys in St. Louis

Aggressively Defending Your Rights in MO

In the state of Missouri, the level of theft charges and penalties vary depending on the nature of your crime. Any crime, however, can have a negative effect on your life indefinitely. For example, it can affect future employment opportunities. If you are facing charges of a theft crime, you need our St. Louis criminal defense lawyers from Millikan Wright, LLC on your side fighting for your rights.

Types of theft crimes we defend include:
 
Wondering how our firm can help you? We offer free consultations to discuss the numerous ways that our attorneys can assist. Get started now!

What are the penalties for a theft crime?

If you take someone else's property without their consent and without any intention of returning the property, the resulting charge is theft. If the property had a value of under $500, then you are charged with misdemeanor theft. Consequences can include up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

If the property that was stolen is valued between $500 and $25,000, it is a class C felony theft. If the property exceeds $25,000, it is a Class B felony theft charge. Felony theft charges can result in up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Importantly, the details in the accusation determine what kind of charges you may be facing. The total value of the items taken, whether or not force was involved, and if you trespassed can change the theft charges brought against you.

We Handle Robbery and Burglary Cases in St. Louis

Robbery charges are taken very seriously, especially when the alleged suspect is armed with a weapon. In most cases, the prosecutor's main evidence comes from the testimony of a victim or witness. The whole case revolves around identification. Burglary occurs when a person trespasses on property with the intent of theft. Alone, this is a burglary in the second degree.

Burglary in the second degree occurs if your crime is committed along with the following:
  • You are armed with a weapon
  • You cause or threaten injury
  • Another person is present in the building.

Our experienced team of attorneys know this area of the law very well and can protect your rights. We understand the severity of a theft charge, and we want to provide you with the compassionate representation you need at this difficult time. We are not afraid to step into court to defend our clients. Our firm has the financial resources, trial experience and personal fortitude to represent your needs and work to achieve the result you desire. Don’t hesitate to retain the representation you need.
 
To further understand your charges, you can contact us today to schedule a free case consultation.
 

Criminal Defense Attorneys in St. Louis

When You Have Been Charged With Burglary, We Can Help

Burglary is often confused and misunderstood by most people and is often interchanged with robbery or theft. However, burglary, robbery and theft are all separate matters. While most people think of burglary as a crime involving a person's home, it can occur in any building or just about any type inhabitable structure (even a railroad car or aircraft).
 
Have you been accused of burglary? You need aggressive defense as soon as possible. Contact the criminal attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC now for a free consultation to discuss your case.

What is burglary?

Burglary occurs when a person knowingly enters unlawfully or knowingly remains unlawfully in a building or inhabitable structure for the purpose of committing theft. Important is the intent to commit a theft crime.

If a person enters a building without the intent of theft or committing the act of theft, he or she has committed criminal trespass, not burglary. If that person does commit or intends to commit theft, the criminal trespass becomes a burglary. The person may then be charged with burglary as well as theft.

All burglaries are felony crimes and carry severe punishments. In the example above, the person will likely be charged with burglary as well as either misdemeanor theft or felony theft, depending on the value of the property or services stolen.
In Missouri, burglary has two degrees of severity:
  • Burglary, Second Degree: A person commits the crime of burglary in the second degree when he/she knowingly enters unlawfully or knowingly remains unlawfully in a building or inhabitable structure for the purpose of committing a crime therein. This is a class C felony in Missouri.
  • Burglary, First Degree: A person may be charged with burglary in the first degree if he/she commits the crime of burglary in the second degree and additionally the person is armed with a weapon; the person causes or threatens injury to another person; or another person is present in the building or inhabitable structure. This is a class B felony in Missouri.

Therefore, many of the defenses aimed at those accused of burglary involve the intent to commit a theft crime and whether they knowingly entered or remained in a building unlawfully. There is no tailor-made solution to defending against a burglary charge, and working with a criminal defense attorney can help defend you from these allegations.

Get Aggressive Defense With Millikan Wright, LLC

If you or a loved one has been charged with burglary, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. All burglary cases are felony crimes and carry substantial penalties, if found guilty. No one deserves to let accusations affect your future. Working with our team can help ensure that you are protected and your rights are upheld throughout the process.
 
Interested in working with our team of St. Louis lawyers? Get started by calling our firm immediately.
 

Felony Theft in St. Louis

Arrested? You need a Missouri theft defense attorney!

Have you been accused of stealing in St. Louis? The criminal charges that can accompany allegations of theft can find you facing incarceration, fines, and more. To be convicted of theft, it must be proven that you took someone else’s property or services without their permission and with the intent of depriving them of this property. Depending on the amount of property taken and the type of property this is, you may be facing a misdemeanor theft or a felony theft crime. Our St. Louis criminal attorneys explain the penalties for felony theft and what you should know if you have been accused of this crime.
 
When you have been accused of a theft crime, put 50 years of criminal defense experience on your side by working with the lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC. We offer free consultations for you to speak with a member of our legal team about your rights and options during this time.

Arrested? You need a Missouri theft defense attorney!

A theft is considered a felony if the value of the property is over $500.00, if certain kinds of property is taken, or if you have been convicted of a theft crime more than twice. We explain the penalties you may be facing if allegations of stealing have been brought against you.

Penalties for felony theft in St. Louis include:
  • Class D Felony Theft: An animal belonging to another personal is stolen, or two or more theft crimes have been committed at separate times in the past 10 years. This carries up to four years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
  • Class C Felony Theft: Value of the property is less than $25,000, was taken from the person of the victim, or includes prohibited items, such as firearms, credit cards, controlled substances and more. This is punished with up to seven years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
  • Class B Felony Theft: Value of the product is over $25,000. This is punished with 15 years in prison.

As with any theft crime, someone that has stolen this property from a store may additionally be accountable for repaying the store owner for the merchandise, incidental charges, and the court and attorney fees associated with this crime.

Protect Your Future With Our St. Louis Lawyers

Our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys have unique experience that can make the difference in your case. As former police officers and a prosecuting attorney, the attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC know how to ensure your rights have not been violated and afford you the best possible outcome.
 
If you are wondering how we may be able to help you, get started by calling our office directly. Someone from our legal team can discuss your rights and options with you and get started on your defense.
 

Misdemeanor Theft in St. Louis

All Arrests Deserve Skilled Defense- Contact Us!

Theft crimes can occur in many different forms and is often used to generally describe the taking of goods or services in an unlawful manner, without the owner’s consent and with the intention of depriving the rightful owner of their goods. Theft is often the crime that occurs in conjunction with another crime, such as robbery or burglary. Theft can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. No matter what kind of theft charge you are facing, you need the help of a St. Louis criminal defense lawyer that you can trust.
 
At Millikan Wright, LLC, our team of lawyers are here to defend your rights include a former police officer and former prosecuting attorney. This means that we have intimate knowledge of the many ways you can be accused of this crime. We are dedicated to defending your rights at all costs. Get started by calling our firm to learn how we can help you.

Have you been accused of stealing in Missouri?

Stealing, or theft, in Missouri can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony crime. Depending on the value and type of the property taken, you may find yourself looking at different charges. Misdemeanor theft in St. Louis occurs when the value of the property or services is less than $500.00. Unless the property stolen is a "prohibited" item, such as a firearm, this offense is a Class A Misdemeanor.

If you have been accused of misdemeanor theft, you may be facing:
  • One day to one year in prison
  • A fine up to $1,000.00.

If the merchandise you are accused of taking was from a store, you may also be responsible for repaying the store owner for the properly stolen, incidental costs up to $100, a penalty of up to $250, and all court costs incurred by the store owner as a result of your actions.

Millikan Wright, LLC Stands With You

There are numerous defenses that can be employed when someone has been accused of a theft crime. For example, if you believed that you were entitled to the property or that the owner of the property would have agreed to you taking the property, it may not be considered theft or stealing.

During this time, you need the dedicated defense of an experienced theft crime attorney at the law firm of Millikan Wright, LLC. With over 50 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of the accused in St. Louis, you have the full weight of our team behind you after an arrest. When you have been placed in custody, get the heavyweights you need by your side.
 
We offer free consultations to clients in need. Get started with yours today!
 

Understanding St. Louis Traffic Crimes

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Fight for Your Rights

Traffic violations may seem minor, but they should not be taken lightly, and they most certainly should not be ignored. In St. Louis, if you fail to resolve your traffic violations, it could result in a warrant for your arrest. What may at first have been a fine is now a license suspension, jail time, increased fines, and other penalties. Even worse, you may wind up with insurance penalties lasting well into the future. So much depends on your driving privileges- don’t allow them to be revoked!
 
At Millikan Wright, LLC, we can represent clients with any number of traffic violations and handle them to the best of our abilities. If you have found yourself facing a serious traffic violation, contact our office to speak a traffic ticket attorney that can advocate for you.

Don’t Let a Traffic Ticket Ruin Your Life!

You may not think that an attorney is necessary for a traffic infraction. Even one traffic ticket, especially for a moving violation, can cause the points on your license to increase. With enough points, you may be labeled a “repeat offender” and penalties for what could have been a simple ticket become greater. Removing points from your license can be time-consuming and take years to get back to an acceptable number. Squashing the problem as soon as it begins can prevent this label from happening to begin with!

Here are some of the more common areas of traffic law we cover:

Our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys are knowledgeable when it comes to the traffic laws and can help you challenge your charge. If you have a failure to appear (FTA) after receiving a citation for a traffic violation, you can be subject to arrest. This can be the result of what was a simple traffic stop. There is too much to lose for not taking care of a traffic ticket as soon as possible.

Choose Millikan Wright, LLC to Handle Your Case

When it comes to traffic violations, our firm can offer you the advocacy you need to either plea bargain in an attempt to have the citation amended, or we can represent you in court to fight the ticket. Having your ticket amended can help avoid receiving points on your driver's license, or prevent increases in insurance rates. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our team of lawyers is in a position to handle your needs with efficiency and tenacity.
 
Contact our office today for the exceptional, personalized attention your case needs. We offer complimentary case evaluations to our prospective clients.
 

Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Defense

Our St. Louis Lawyers Have the Answers

Criminal charges come in many different forms. There may be charges you do not even realize are considered to be on the criminal level. At Millikan Wright, LLC, we want you to understand the different charges that you could face and the rights you have at this time. Below you can find some of our frequently asked questions.
If you have a question that is not answered below, we will be happy to assist you. Contact our firm and schedule a free case evaluation to learn about your options today!
What is the difference between misdemeanor charges and felony charges?
Misdemeanor charges are the less serious of the two. They can involve penalties of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $500. Felony charges range in severity, but are all more serious than misdemeanors. Penalties can include years in prison, high fines, and in some cases probation. Both misdemeanors and felonies go on your record.

Is there a difference between theft, burglary, and robbery?
Yes. Theft is the general description of unlawfully taking someone else's property. Robbery involves using or threatening to use force to obtain something that is not yours. Burglary involves trespassing. You can be charged with burglary even if something was not stolen.

Why would I need to seek legal help for traffic violations?
Many people who receive traffic violations, such as speeding tickets, tend to merely pay the fine out of convenience. By just paying, you admit to guilt and you receive points on your driving record. In other cases, you could be facing more serious traffic violations, such as driving without a license. By seeking legal help from Millikan Wright, LLC, we can help you fight your charges fairly and aggressively. We can help protect your driving record and we are not afraid to take your case to trial.

If I was arrested for intent to sell drugs, how can prosecutors prove my guilt without actually catching me in the act?
There are various factors prosecutors can use in order to prove guilt. Prosecutors can present evidence in your drug crime case such as:
  • A large amount of money
  • Scales and / or baggies
  • Testimonies of experts
  • The location of your arrest

Contact Us Today for the Representation You Need

At Millikan Wright, LLC, we have more than 50 years of combined experience representing individuals facing criminal charges. We understand the laws and penalties concerning the law, and we are qualified to provide you with the representation you need to help protect your rights. Our St. Louis criminal defense attorneys have the knowledge and personal fortitude to take your case to court and passionately advocate and work to achieve the outcome you deserve.

If you have more questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.
 
 
 

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